“Hey! Let’s play a new kind of tag!”
“What’s it called?” Ethan asked with earnest curiosity.
Brayden tried to pretend he hadn’t just made up the game in his head.
“Uh . . . it’s called . . . shark tag.”
“How do you play?” Chloe asked. The rest of the kids quieted so they could hear Brayden explain the game. When he saw all their eyes staring at him, his palms began to sweat. He took a deep breath.
“Well, everyone hides. One person is it. When you’re found, then you’re it.”
“That’s not new! Everyone’s played that game,” Ethan complained.
“No, this is different. When you’re found, you’re both it. You stay together and everyone you find becomes it, too. The it grows bigger and bigger,” Brayden answered.
-excerpt from “Monster-Shark” by D. Marie Prokop, The Perceptions Anthology: Special Needs by Inklings Publishing
I’m so pleased to announce that the Perceptions Anthology: Special Needs is being released on October 8th! I honored that my story, Monster-Shark, is a part of this unique collection of short stories.
Each story includes characters with special needs, which is an under-represented group in children’s literature in general. I interviewed a special needs mom and used my own experience of growing up with a special needs sibling to create Monster-Shark, as well as asking elementary-aged kids some probing questions about how they could include everyone when they play together.
This story was a group effort, ironically, a lot like shark tag.
Here’s what Inklings Children’s Division has to say about the new anthology-
New Anthology Series Debuts:
The Perceptions Series will debut with volume one, Special Needs. This new anthology series will feature topics of interest for children. With stories and poems from a variety of wonderful children’s authors, the first book explores issues in living with disabilities. As always in the children’s division, the book will include discussion questions and extension activities to enhance the reading.
This volume is a fabulous resource for educators and parents. Please check it out!
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